Master origami artist Robert J. Lang merges mathematics with aesthetics to create mesmerizing forms – both of realistic creatures and modular, geometric forms. Lang, who set aside his day job as a laser physicist to focus on both the art and science of origami, became a pioneer of the cross-disciplinary marriage of origami with mathematics, developing some of the most complex origami designs ever created.
Lang’s origami artwork, featured in “FaunaFold” and included in “Above the Fold,” exemplifies how applying math and computer programming to origami revolutionized this ancient art form.
Origami principles are solving engineering design problems, too, through compactly folded airbags and space telescopes that can launch and deploy.
During his residency, Lang leads a gallery walk, public presentation, hands-on workshops, and works with area educators, exploring the principles of STEAM education – integrating science, technology, engineering, art, and math – expressed in the origami artwork on view.